More widespread hysteria just erupted over Twitter and via Newsweek. This time, it’s in response to Georgia grassroots gubernatorial candidate Kandiss Taylor’s candid clarification of what the term “separation of church and state” really means.
The mainstream media is still making desperate attempts to undermine the campaign and message of Georgia grassroots gubernatorial candidate Kandiss Taylor. I wrote over a month ago about the hysteria that all-too-predictably arrived in response to Taylor’s campaign slogan “Jesus, guns, babies.” As a result, Taylor’s campaign slogan has become more talked about and become more recognized than the slogans of any of the other Georgia gubernatorial candidates. I mean, what is there really to talk about with a slogan such as “keep choppin,” for example, which current governor Brian Kemp uses? And now Taylor, one of the most notably direct, authentic and specific candidates in American history, is under fire for defining what “separation of church and state” really means in the Constitution.
I mean, it’s about time someone defined what separation of church and state really means, right? People just hear “separation of church and state” and assume that it means that religion and faith should never be mentioned in government circles. Taylor has made it more than clear from the beginning of her candidacy that she’s aware that not everyone worships Jesus, and that one of the pillars of value that our country possesses is that everyone is free to worship whoever they want, however they want. But she’s unapologetic about her own faith and what she stands for and that drives the propaganda-controlled masses berserk.
Newsweek’s False Statements
In an article from Newsweek published on April 10, the writer references Taylor’s supposed single-digit polling numbers, and I recently did an in-depth analysis that explains why there is absolutely no truth to that claim. But Newsweek didn’t bother doing the same due diligence, by providing data and evidence to back up their claims that Taylor is polling so low. Instead, they just make a statement and expect everyone to just believe them, simply because they are Newsweek.
What’s amazing is how in this article, Newsweek made these claims of low polling percentages – while at the same time criticizing statements made at the recent speech Taylor gave at the Georgia Republican Assembly Endorsement Convention, where Taylor polled higher than any other Republican candidate. Here are the exact poll percentages from that convention: Kandiss Taylor- 41.15% (79 votes), David Perdue- 40.63% (78 votes), Brian Kemp- 8.33% (16 votes), Catherine Davis- 5.73% (11 votes), Tom Williams- 0% (0 votes), No endorsement- 4.17% (8 votes). And to top that, the GRA speech garnered Taylor a standing ovation.
Newsweek also accused Taylor of making statements that are contrary to the Constitution. In reality, Taylor, along with other Patriots such as citizen journalist Dave José and Arizona Congressional candidate Josh Barnett, has spent the better part of the last year and a half educating the public on what the Constitution really says and how our rights are expressed in it.
Kandiss Taylor Applies Due Diligence and Breaks Down the Constitution
Taylor wasted no time in responding to these accusations from Newsweek. Taylor was in the middle of a short reprieve from her exhaustive campaign efforts to spend a little time with her children who are on spring break when Twitter began blowing up over the article from Newsweek and what she said in the GRA speech two weeks prior. In response, Taylor stopped what she was doing to sit down and conduct an hour-long analysis of the Constitution on Facebook live on the evening of April 11.
This level of willingness is not out of the ordinary for Taylor, who also took it upon herself to investigate the 2020 election fraud by pulling tabulator tapes and making FOIA requests. She also did the necessary footwork to arrange and call for a full forensic audit of the 2020 election which Governor Kemp and other elected officials failed to initiate. What other gubernatorial candidates in Georgia do you see willing to do these things? And in another attempt to discredit Taylor in the article, Newsweek also made sure to throw in a sentence that refers to President Trump’s claims of election fraud as “unfounded.” Once again, Newsweek felt no need to put forth any effort to demonstrate why they believe these claims are unfounded.
So, though Newsweek didn’t bother to put in any effort or due diligence into their journalism, we do have them to thank for prompting Taylor’s Facebook live analysis on what “separation of church and state” means on Monday night. As usual, Taylor stepped up to do the thankless tasks that elected officials and overpaid media outlets can’t be bothered to do, even when it’s outlined in their duties.
The first thing Taylor did in her comprehensive Facebook live lesson was reference a meme that was going viral with false information about the Constitution, among the same Twitter crowds accusing Taylor of making unconstitutional statements. Below is the meme, which claimed that the words “God,” “Jesus,” “Christianity” and “Bible” aren’t mentioned in the Constitution. This was pretty easy for Taylor to refute, since the term “Almighty God” is mentioned in the preamble of both America’s Constitution as well as state Constitutions including Georgia, Pennsylvania and New York.
“An uninformed populous, they don’t know their rights and they don’t know how to fight back,” explained Taylor. “That’s why when 2020 happened and people were so upset about the election, they didn’t know what to do.”
Kandiss Taylor Gives Maxims of Law Instruction
Taylor then went on to discuss Maxims of Law, which is recognized in every court, along with common law, which, as Taylor explains, originates from the Bible:
Particularly, Taylor referenced some of the teachings of Sir Edward Coke, an English authority on the law:
Taylor took a moment to reflect upon these statements from the Maxims of Law text during her highly viewed Facebook live lesson. “So if you fail to understand the fundamental principles of law, then there’s no end to who can mislead you, who can deceive you about what’s right and wrong,” said Taylor.
“Maybe that’s what’s been happening in our country, maybe just maybe people are misled and misconstrued because they don’t understand common law. Obviously that’s the case with these people who went viral on Twitter with what I said that was actually a fact and they tried to make me look like I was loony,” explained Taylor. “I have a PhD, I’m highly intelligent, and I actually understand the Constitution. And I actually know the Constitution is founded upon God almighty, and common law; that’s from the Bible.”
Taylor referred back to the Maxims of Law text in her Facebook live video, specifically the items below:
Taylor responded to these aspects of Maxims of Law: “Oh, so the highest law favors religion and the Christian religion is part of common law. But God, nor Christianity nor Jesus is anywhere in the Constitution. But our whole entire common law judicial system, everything we do, is based on maxims of law that clearly says ‘the highest law, which favors religion,’ and ‘the Christian religion is part of the common law,’ and ‘what is given to the church is given to God,’ there’s God again, ‘no man warring for God should be troubled by secular business.’ There’s God again. ‘No one was ever a great man without some divine inspiration,’ there’s God again. ‘That consideration is strongest which determines in favor of religion.’ “
“It’s all in here, it’s everywhere,” said Taylor. “It’s not only not in there one time, it’s everywhere. Because it’s the foundation of our country, the very foundation of our country, it’s God Almighty, Creator God, He is why we have America.”
Some of America’s founders, such as Patrick Henry and Samuel Adams, recognized Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and wanted the freedom to worship Jesus. Our Constitution made it clear that they wanted a separation of church and state, but that the citizens have complete freedom to practice the religion of their choice. Henry and Adams were Christians, or at the very least, spiritual followers of Jesus. That’s who they were, they didn’t try to pretend otherwise. And that is who Kandiss Taylor is. “I’m not going to push Jesus on anyone, he’s a gentleman and he wouldn’t want me to,” Taylor said at her February 12 campaign rally.
What Does ‘Separation of Church and State’ Really Mean?
Let’s take a closer look at what Taylor said and why Newsweek had such an issue with it. Other than the fact that people are offended by Taylor’s candidness about her personal love for Jesus as her Savior and how she credits him as the reason she is running for governor, the article focused on the following statement Taylor made in her recent speech at the GRA Endorsement Convention: “Church and state was written because the state has no business in our church. But we are the church. We are the church, and we run the state.”
In her informative hour of instruction, in order to clarify what the term “separation of church and state” from the Constitution means, Taylor felt driven to clear up some confusion about what people consider the word “church” to mean. In the Bible, the Greek word used in the New Testament that refers to “church” is ekklesia, which has a literal translation of “an assembly of Christians gathered for worship.” In other words, “church” in the New Testament refers to a group of people, and since the American government is “of the people, for the people, by the people,” as Abraham Lincoln stated so eloquently in his second inaugural address, then Taylor is one hundred percent correct to say the church runs the state.
However, when the Constitution refers to “separation of church and state,” they are referring to the common English term for church, derived from the Greek kuriakon, which means “the lord or master of a property.” So this version of “church” refers to a building, or institution. And Taylor broke it all down in the Georgia Constitution, Section 2, paragraph 7: “Separation of church and state. No money shall ever be taken from the public treasury, directly or indirectly, in aid of any church, sect, cult or religious denomination or of any sectarian institution.”
“They did not want force compliance to have any power,” explained Taylor in her analysis. “They did not want a government, a church entity, a religious entity, any entity, cult, to come in and put pressure on our government to have power. Because these entities don’t have power, and that goes back to the church in England and why we [as Americans back in the 1700s] left, and why we came over here to be free to worship Jesus, because we didn’t want the church building institution to control [our government].”
“For you to think and say that God is not anywhere here and its separation of church and state, you’re missing the whole point,” said Taylor. “Our founding fathers put separation of church and state so that these entities, buildings, institutionalized structures can’t come in with money and control our government, because our government is of, by and for the people,” concluded Taylor on Facebook live Monday after her hour of instruction. “Our government is run by us, you get it? I know that’s it’s not taught in school like that and I know that you probably never read this stuff before but it’s not hard. You’ve gotta forget everything you’ve been taught wrong, and the mainstream media’s propaganda and brainwashing and you’ve gotta get your mind around the truth.”
America Adjusts to Kandiss Taylor’s No Compromise Stance
In all honesty, it’s not a surprise that people are having this sort of reaction to Taylor’s message. They are not used to public servants running for government office who don’t compromise on their values, what they stand for and their policy stances. In her GRA speech on April 2, Taylor explained what has happened with abortion in the United States, how now so many politicians on both sides of the aisle want to make it permissible for certain cases such as rape. “I have a PhD in counseling, we treat trauma, trauma’s a real thing. [There are] 700,000 vets in Georgia that experience PTSD and homelessness and it’s a real thing, but we deal with that, two wrongs don’t make a right, and I want to tell you that we’re gonna close every abortion clinic in the state of Georgia.” Taylor spoke about her own experience as a school counselor for the past twenty years, helping young women find loving parents to adopt their child that came as a result of difficult situations such as rape.
Taylor further demonstrated this point with a story about a personal friend. “She’s a counselor and I refer people to her and in fact I referred family to her, who were having marital problems a while back; she’s awesome. She’s a product of rape, and her parents saw her value and wanted to save her life and she has a state senator as her son and she is a godly woman.” Taylor stated that had her friend been aborted, she would never have been able to touch countless lives. Taylor strongly believes that once we begin compromising on policies such as abortion, it’s a slippery slope, and she’s determined to stand her ground and not waver.
Taylor feels this same way about not compromising when it comes to her faith and how that is part of who she is and has brought her to where she is now: running for the governor of Georgia and refusing backroom deals and saying no to payday offers that proposition her to step out of the race for governor and run for another seat instead. In a tweet on April 9, Taylor stated: “The more I hear people say for me to take Jesus out of my campaign, the more I double down. Hello! He is why I’m running for governor. I don’t compromise,” she wrote.
Kandiss Taylor’s Campaign Says No to Corrupt Poll Practices
Taylor announced this week that her campaign will no longer be participating in polls. Not only have the polls have a history of being unreliable and inaccurate, but Taylor’s team has no desire to engage in this form of distraction the media is trying to force upon Georgia voters. From the technical glitches, to the questionable history of the results from these polling companies, to the fact that many of these polls don’t even include Taylor’s name, everything around the Georgia political polling system has spelled “voter suppression” recently, and I examined this in-depth recently in my article The Systematic Suppression of Kandiss Taylor.
Here is what Taylor had to say this week about her campaign’s decision to step away from polling: “The fake pollsters play into the standard media narrative that only establishment or celebrity politicians are worthy of being elected. These polls don’t reflect will of the people or the truth because of how they’re conducted. Worse, the dishonesty also deprives the people of the opportunity to make their voice heard – and we’ve had more than enough of that in Georgia.”
She added, “We will show up for the real polls on Election Day, May 24, and until then, the fake pollsters and fake news will just have to wonder how many grassroots voters the Taylor Campaign is amassing. We refuse to participate in their narrative or in the potential algorithmic programming of the voting machines.”
Governor Kemp Just Blocked a Key Election Integrity Bill
The polls aren’t the only method of suppression being used against Taylor and Georgia voters, in favor of establishment candidates Kemp and Perdue. Just a week ago, VoterGA reported how Governor Kemp blocked certain changes to a key election integrity bill that would allow the unsealing of Georgia election ballots, which would therefore improve ballot chain of custody procedures. I contacted Newsweek to ask them the following: If Trump’s claims of election fraud are so unsubstantiated, then why have Kemp and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger done everything possible to keep Georgian citizens from getting their hands on the ballots used in the 2020 election? I am still waiting on a response.
As for Newsweek, and every other mainstream media propaganda outlet’s attack on candidates that support election integrity, we’ve got news for them: voters are very concerned about how their elections are run and whether or not their vote is counted. This is exemplified by the growing support candidates that support election integrity are receiving. Election integrity activist and independent journalist, Frank Speech staffer and podcast host Ashe Epp mentioned this in a recent article she wrote about the Colorado Senate race: “The surprise outcome of the US Senate assembly reaffirms that election integrity is, paradoxically, the number one issue on the ballot in November,” Ashe observed in the article, followed by “The Secretary of State race also affirmed the people’s focus on election integrity.”
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